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By Jolly Music

Find out how to put the groove into your greetings with the second part of our series from Jolly Music

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In this second of three features on Jolly Music, we’ll look at how a simple musical greeting, with a response for the children to sing, can provide lots of scope for musical activity.

The greeting used here is ‘Hello everyone’. You can also sing ‘Goodbye everyone’ and carry out exactly the same activities (both are available to play below). However, it is best to introduce new activities with the ‘Hello’ and keep the ‘Goodbye’ relatively simple.

Teach the greeting

Sing ‘Hello everyone’, and ask the children how you said hello. (You sang it.) Tell the children that you are going to sing it again, and they should answer by singing back to you. Sing ‘Hello everyone’ for the children to respond ‘Hello [Mrs Smith]’.

Once the children have got used to the greeting and response over a lesson or two, invite volunteers to come and sing ‘Hello everyone’ to the class, who should respond with the child’s name. Reward the volunteers with stickers.

Working on pitch

In Jolly Music, the children experience high and low pitch through listening, singing and actions. Adding hand gestures helps to reinforce their understanding of what they are singing. Using puppets is a fun variation on this and can be a good way to encourage shy children to sing solo – they often feel more comfortable singing through the puppet than as themselves. You can start this pitch work once the children have had a couple of weeks to become familiar with the greeting.

Week 1

Tell the children that you are going to sing ‘Hello everyone’ twice, but that there will be something different about the second time. Invite them to answer you each time, copying your voice. Sing ‘Hello everyone’ at a low pitch, then again at a higher pitch.

Ask the children what you did differently. How did you change your voice? (You sang higher the second time.)

Week 2

Sing ‘Hello everyone’ in a high and low pitch, as in Week 1. Then tell the children you are going to do it again, but that this time you will put your hand down low when you sing the low pitch and up high when you sing the high pitch. Ask them to do the same when they sing back to you.

Invite a volunteer to sing ‘Hello everyone’ to the class. Discuss whether the volunteer sang with a high pitch or a low pitch.

Week 3

Sing ‘Hello everyone’ as in Week 2. Then invite six volunteers to come and stand in a line. Ask them to sing the greeting using whichever voice they prefer, either higher or lower. Invite the rest of the class to answer, copying the pitch. Discuss what happens. Did the volunteers sing at the same pitch, or did anyone sing higher or lower?

Week 4

Introduce two puppets – we are using Inky Mouse and Teddy Bear. Try to choose two that readily suggest a high and a low voice. Explain that they will be singing ‘Hello everyone’, but not with the same voices. Invite the children to answer, copying the specific puppet’s voice each time.

Hold Inky up high and Teddy down low, moving each puppet as it sings.Sing ‘Hello everyone’ in Teddy’s low voice for the children to respond, then again in Inky’s high voice. Ask the children how the two voices differ.

Weeks 5 and 6

Repeat last week’s activity, but this time sing ‘Hello everyone’ as Inky and Teddy several times, and do not move the puppets or give any clues as to which puppet is singing. The class should answer ‘Hello Inky’ or ‘Hello Teddy’ according to which pitch you sing.

Encourage the children to copy the pitch of the puppets’ voices when they answer. See if you can catch them out by repeating the same voice once or twice.

Weeks 7, 8, 9 and 10

Sing ‘Hello everyone’ several times as before. Then invite individuals to answer by themselves, by singing ‘Hello Alex’, ‘Hello Jasmine’, and so on. Encourage the children to copy the puppet’s voice when they answer.

Jolly Music

Jolly Music is a step-by-step music programme for primary schoolchildren, including games, activities, puppets and a singing chair. Teachers do not need any specialist music training – the handbook and CDs guide them through lessons. The first teacher handbook, for four-to seven-year-olds, introduces the basics of pulse, rhythm and pitch. Subsequent handbooks will teach the fundamentals of learning to read and write music. Jolly Music is published by Jolly Learning, makers of literacy programme Jolly Phonics. Visit www.jollylearning.co.uk for more details.

Week 11

Repeat the previous week’s activity. Then ask a volunteer to come and help Inky and Teddy sing ‘Hello everyone’. Ask the child to hold Inky high and Teddy low. Ask them whether they are going to start by singing with Inky’s high voice or Teddy’s low voice.

Let them sing ‘Hello everyone’ in Inky’s or Teddy’s voice several times for the class to answer.

Sing every day!

The beauty of sung greetings and instructions is that they can be used on a daily basis, making music a constant feature of classroom life.

You will soon find ways to introduce singing – for example, sing the register – calling out the children’s names in the same two-note pattern that is used for ‘Hello everyone’, and the children could sing their response on the same pattern.

Jolly Music contains lots of simple sung instructions that can be used all the time, such as ‘Stand up’ and ‘Sit down’ (available to listen to here).

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